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designing and implementing such a program. we'll keep working hand in hand with staff to make this happen so that san francisco will have a bright energy future. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, my name is ben, i'm a resident of san francisco. also background in earth and space sciences and environmental law. i'm also aware of the energy crisis of the 1970s and as a result i hear that clean energy is too expensive and we need to put it off. i'm very heart end to support this clean energy proposal. but i'm also within my lifetime the carbon dioxide atmosphere has gone up over 20
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percent. i was talking with my students just this morning about that. in other, in the current levels of carbon dioxide are currently above the scenarios that scientist concluded about a decade ago. i hope we go with this in a robust speed. it will front load jobs and support. nor in order for that to happen the rates need to be lower. the reallocation of funds to keep those rates as low as possible to get the demand there and the jobs going and keep the community strong. i also really support the strong tariffs that i was hearing discussed that was what pushed germany and other european countries to have some of the largest
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renewable and once those tariffs are kicked in and will help move up much faster. another thing you will look at is kind of see where the subsidies remain to the economy and see if there is someway to manipulate the rates here in san francisco so perhaps some of the subsidies that are currently going to carbon get reallocated and redirected to support renewables and maybe that way make the carbon more expensive. i know there is an artificial reduction for strong support for natural gas. we are going return to carbon base is fluctuated widely and get support of the union and labor and local businesses so we move
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forward as quickly as possible. thank you very much. thank you, very much, next speaker please. >> hello, my name is marina. i'm a resident of san francisco. i want to thank the commission from what i have heard that they have heard the public support for the robust build out of the program. i think it's time to move forward to the next step and prove from the conceptual idea of a robust build out in terms of a real plan on actual projection of real jobs. i find it increasingly difficult to combat at the missions -- the build out. a plan for local generation and energy efficiency at the launch of
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clean power this sf is vital to the success of the program. it can be contingent on the rates and i don't think that it can wait until january of next year. i think it's too late. we are without a plan in october, we are dragging our feet on an issue that frankly my generation can't afford to stall on any longer. thank you. >> thank you, very much. next speaker please. if i can ask you to refrain from clapping. it helps speed the meeting along, thank you. >> good afternoon. thank you so much for all your hard work on this topic. my name is kristin swin. i'm a director at bay localized and clean energy alliance. i'm supporting this program. i'm from the east bay. i'm a former member of the energy commission where we have looked along and hard at this issue as well. as a student of the community source energy
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program and what it can work is what i have learned is that the key of economics is the ownership of generating capacity. i have looked at the regional munis, they have a different economic context and legal context, but if you look at the generation side, the key to the great rates that the munis are able to offer, they own their generation capacity and they have invested in that. it a long term investment and that's really key n this day and age, a climate stage is important as a source of energy generation and in to vest in that cleanest and cheapest energy and a local build out is key to a locally fantastic to energy efficient programs. the time to start investing in san francisco owning it's local, renewable generation capacity
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for a long stable rates is now. thank you. >> thank you very much. the next speaker, john rizo, rebecca evans, tom, and karen babbitt. >> my name is jen fong. i'm a student at sf state. i think affordable rates are important for this program that will make it sustain able over time. the achieved rates that are comparable to g pvment g and e.
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i demand the prioritization of the local build out not only to bring jobs and money to our economy, but to help us develop renewable energy resources and update infrastructure and bring more energy independence. to me that's what's invite a vital in creation of the plan to reduce carbon emissions. so let's be a model to other cities, rest of the world and make a strong program that is efficient from fossil fuel to clean energy. >> john with the sierra club, been a supporter for this program for a dozen years or so. we are here because we want to make this program work. right now we are concerned, it's great to hear that you are going to study the rates, but
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the opt out rate and the rate, the cost is key. san francisco right now what is being proposed is going to have the highest premium in the country for cleaning energy in any cca in the country. if several cca's across the country, the green energy alternative is lower than what the utility is providing, not higher, we are talking about twice as high. cincinnati, there is an average savings in their cca of $133 per year. marine clear energy who we like to point to as a success story, they are 1 cents of kilowatt hour. we are talking more than 7 cents of kilowatt hour. this is a hundred percent green energy. this data is on the department of energy, us department of energy. it's very reliable on
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the web. the reason we believe for the san francisco's extra ordinarily high plan, it's very -- when we say the plan later, i bet when they did their planning first. we urge you to look at this more and get a rate that is not going to have a 50 percent opt out which is extraordinarily high. thank you very much. >> thank you . next speaker. >> hello. my name is -- ron boreno. as a student of
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environmental health -- i'm happy to see that we are continue to go strive as a cleaner city of the nation. only if we give a strong priority to local build out. we want the san francisco residents to stay with the program and benefit from the sustain able, jobs. let's give san francisco clean power and allowing the city to shine around the world. thank you. >> supervisors and commissioners, i'm arthur feinstein, chair of the chapter of the sierra club. i want to particularly thank campos and avalos for reminding our general manager that it's not a question of whether you have an appetite for a robust build out but rather that you have been
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told to create a robust build out. it's not your option to say no because the legislation that was passed says, yes, do it. so thank you very much for reminding our p u c that it's an essential and not a choice and to commissioners as you move forward i hope that you continue to demand a robust build out. i think you have heard from previous speakers from around the country. those did not happen because they bought renewable energy credits but because they have their own build out programs and as consultants who have been working for you have said if you start building out, you have less rates. the way you get low rates is by doing
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everything together, not depending on a fossil fuel company and passing them on to you. there is a route, we are concerned why there is not a plan all ready to go venlt . we thrilled that you will come up with a plan is. we are concerned that you will have the plans in january. we are hoping to start the program as soon as possible. you have the staff and very competent and we expect to you develop a plan that will tell us how to move forward with a build out component that will lower our rate so when this program starts people are not opt out because this maybe a rich city, but money is money, when people see a big bill they are going
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to have questions whether they want to pay that and they'll go p g and e who also is green. we need this to work. get to work. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors and commissioners, my name is tom don a. i think we neat -- need to have energy comprised with the earth so therefore we can only sustain a certain amount of abuse. the earth's population is growing at a rapid rate. it now approximately 7 billion people. the earth sustains life so we as people must protect it. we need energy to drive economies so that energy needs to be clean. it must be created
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and distributed minimized environmental impact. the son is the world's greatest natural power source. we need to embrace it and utilize intelligently it's fast potential. perhaps this is a question of leadership. as a society and economy, we need to remove the shackles of the past and create new ways of conducting business and generating clean air for the future. thank you. >> good afternoon commissioners, eric brooks represent it is clean air -- in our city. so it's very encouraging to hear some really strong words from some of the commissioners to demand a real build out be planned and soon.
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but we've got to make sure that we have a customer base which provides enough funding for that build out and this is where we get back to the survey. the survey shows that 50 percent of the people polled would drop out and that would drop out half of the customer base we need to do the hundreds of mega watts we are talking about to produce a real build out program and put people to work because and what's especially important is under the current set up with the current rate, you have to roll the program out to a couple hundred thousand people and then a little more than half will drop out so you get the ninety thousand customers to start the program. that little more than half will come back
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>> you need customers but just like the water improvement program, like when you build a bridge. you don't start out with a few customers, all right. from the minute money of these little customers we are going to build a bridge from that money. you design the bridge and you get all the drivers in. that's what you need to do with this program is plan a program that is going to have a low enough race rates so all the customers will join and put people to work in the city. >> i'm on the steering committee of the local
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community alliance working for clean energy in the bay aerj area and i thank you for the time. one of the areas is global exchange where i have worked for many years and have had the reference of going into a community aggregation program here in san francisco that we know is clean power sf. cca's are the most powerful tool that local government have for significantly accelerating local clean energy and jobs. and really making that difference. clean power sf, can bring us clean energy. it's economic benefit at competitive rates for all rate payers. it can do that today we are striving with the program to get a well designed plan to get
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us there. and unfortunately we see some proposed courses of action that are attached to very high and not to exceed rate that would not lead to a successful program t environmental worker and social group to get us a program that would give us local clean energy and green jobs benefits, we only will accept a program that really meets those basic goals and a program that would under cut a program that will get to those goals later. a program with high rates and opt outs and will harm their reputation. other cca 's have been meeting
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those goals. it doesn't do m uch to undo the bad reputation of high cost and high popularity and high opt out that will fact other cca's they have then roment and people opting out. it's a very entrusted mechanism and over 50 percent opt out will undermined and violate that trust. we have been work ing to get us there. it's critical to achieve this and setting sites and developing the financial model so we can get to a well designed plan and submitted criteria for what that plan needs to en compass. we are
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ego eager to support this plan. >> i'm karen babbitt. a resident and very excited about this program and thank you for all of your work. i know it's been a long road. because i'm so excited about this is i want it to succeed and want to focus on one main thing and that's the rate. in talking with people over this over the years, the cost issue comes up all the time probably because of the group of people i hang around with. i want you to keep that in mind, keep in mind the rates and opt out rate. we don't want a bunch of people bailing that really want to participate. thank you. >> thank you very much. i have
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a few more cards. hunter stern, david dell tore and anyone else who would like to speak please come forward. >> good afternoon. i'm here with a couple comment and questions on behalf of the membership that i represent t labors are here today because we have previously expressed clean power and we are here for the current status of the program specifically our members have three questions that we are looking to have answered today. one, will this program create jobs for our members and the local community work force that we wish to recruit and employ. 2, how many jobs although program create, 3
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when and where will these jobs be created. thank you, we look forward to hearing the answers to these questions this afternoon. >> thank you very much. next speaker please. >> good afternoon, hunter stesh, 1245 and stop the shell shock. three things i want to point out very quickly and clearly. item no. 1, we represent workers, 1245 represent workers at 28 different utilities in northern and central california. they include p g and e but also 27 others. as those 2 utilities we have about 1100 members generating electricity and we have about 750 or so at the other utilities generating electricity. those are 17-1800 jobs and you are contracting
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their work under this proposal you are contracting their work out to shell oil. that is our objection. there is no misinformation, there is no uncertainty, no lack of clarity. this is a contract to shell energy to provide electricity. pure and simple. that is our objection. those are jobs. people want the work and we want control of that energy here in san francisco and in california as a whole. not out of state contracts to purchase electricity. the other two items we heard today again, there is no plan for a local build out. commissioner mentioned it, rate board
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members mentioned that. he said it just right because it's our concern as well, if this plan doesn't work and we are stuck with a contract with shell, that's work that my members do that no one else gets the do. that's our issue. and finally, again, using -- moving money around, creating, using a reserve fund as collateral which is what i heard to permit bondings capacity, it's not such a good idea from utility perspective but that funding amount doesn't occur until the end of the shell contract. that is our fundamental objective. you fore stall all the work all the good that can happen by signing the deal with shell. that's the issue. that's what
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people are saying, that's what we are saying, it's not miss formation and not pvenlt p g and e's information. we all have the same message, plan and execute a local build out and then you won't have any issues. thanks very much. >> next speaker please and anyone else who would like to comment please lineup along the aisles. >> good afternoon, i want to thank pc commission for all of your hard work, not just today, over the years and the staff, and obviously there is a lot of work going into the issue of clean energy. i think the one thing i want to say was listen to the questions and discussion is i think that certainly you will hear from the commission discussion and from the speakers there is still a lot of questions out there. we have some time today to try to work
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through that, questions around the jobs, questions around the rates and comparison from the sierra club that they put out there about the difference cost of similar programs and we are in need answers kind of mode and there is time on the joint session to get son-in-law of -- some of the answers and i guess the big question when you recess, those that can stick around on the 5050, but for those that can to answer the questions, can you answer them today, if not, or if you do, do you set the rates today and i think that's the big question in the moment that we are all waiting to see. thanks. >> thanks very much venlt -- very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon speakers, i'm
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the conservation organizer for the san francisco bay. i represent 6,000 members in san francisco. i'm happy that you are having the discussion. have you very much for doing this work. we hope this program is successful. we appreciate your time to taking what's before you and hope you have everything you need to make this a successful program. the eyes of the country is on san francisco as they see this program launches and see if we have built up to a reputation as the leader for a fight for clean energy and from fossil fuel to clean energy. thank you for taking the time to do that and we appreciate the work you are doing. we are really concerned the rates are still
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too high and i encourage to you discuss that. no one is turned off by this program because this is a discussion for the rates. all of people will eventually be part of this program. if we lose them in phase one. they will probably not go back to us. we would like ninety percent of the residential ue customers to come to this program. thank you very much. >> hello, i'm a 50 year san francisco resident and have currently operating 3 different companies here in the san francisco bay area currently employing 65 people in all clean energy wefrment currently building out a littl


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